What’s In My Current Stack? Pt.2 [The Natural Cognitive Boost]
A little over a year ago now I made a video called “what’s in my stack” . And I’ve since opted for a simplified natural regimen. I think it’s good to cycle on and off of these things every few months to avoid building a tolerance. I’d like to take some time now to go over the three main components of my latest stack for anyone interested. And sort of break down the reasons as to why I’m currently taking what I’m taking. Coffee. Why? The reason is obvious: Caffeine! But coffee, unlike synthesized caffeine pills comes from brewed beans that contain a whole list of other beneficial bio-compounds. Also, whether served hot or cold it’s consumed in beverage form which is typically consumed slowly. Rather than hitting your body with 200mg tablets, which I’ve found from personal experience, to be not such an ideal way to utilize the performance enhancing effects of caffeine. Another notable mention aside from coffee is Yerba Mate, which has a more well rounded methylxanthine profile. Caffeine is a methylxanthine btw. I find that while Coffee gives a stronger more immediate boost, Yerba Mate’s energy boost is less intense but more consistent and doesn’t result in a crash.. (at least from my experiences with it.) Creatine. Why would I use that? Creatine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in a variety of foods such as fish, supermarket meats, and in wild game. Creatine increases ATP within cells. Not just muscle cells but all cells within the body, including brain cells. ATP is the body’s main energy source. So it’s energy boost is non-stimulant, unlike Caffeine. It decreases fatigue by supplying more fuel to cells. In addition to getting brain cells extra fired up, creatine also has some nootropic properties of its own. A major bonus to creatine is that it’s been shown to help ward off cognitive decline in old age by acting as a neuroprotectant. Meaning it protects brain cells from damage. Specifically, creatine protects against excitotoxicity, which causes damage to nerve cells potentially even killing them from excessive stimulation by certain neurotransmitters. Omega-3s. Why? Because, your brain is the fattest organ in your body. After water, the human brain consists of at least 60 percent fat. That fat is not just any fat by the way, we’re talking about essential fatty acids here, that are required for the maintenance and optimal health of your most important thinking organ. It’s important to note that these fats can not synthesized by the body and must be obtained from dietary sources. Particularly the omega-3 fatty acids, are important for brain development. EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) determine our brain’s integrity and performance. As science further unlocks the mystery of how fatty acids affect the brain and better understands the brain’s critical dependence on specific EFAs, correct intake of an appropriate diet or supplements becomes one of the tasks we must undertake in pursuit of optimal wellness. It’s for this reason that I supplement with at least 3 grams of high potency fish oil everyday. Which brings me to another important role of omega-3s and this is as an Anti-inflammatory agent. A lot of cognitive decline is also related to inflammation. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties are not only limited to the brain which is good all around. I tend to workout a lot and I don’t feel creakiness in my joints nearly as much taking fish oil as when I don’t. What I like about this stack in particular is that, supplementing with Creatine, and Omega-3s, and probably coffee to the least extent, or some kind of natural caffeinated beverage, is that, it’s a stack that enhances the body holistically. Without, focusing too much on just brain power. Because that approach I’ve found to be too lopsided.